Italy News

Cladding Questions Arise in Milan’s 20-Story Building Blaze

MILAN (AP) — Italian firefighters tackled hot spots Monday in a 20-story apartment building in Milan that was destroyed by fire but said there were no indications that anyone was missing inside, as questions arose about the cladding that witnesses …

Days of Hot Weather Grip Southern Europe, North Africa

ROME (AP) — Stifling heat kept its grip on much of Southern Europe on Thursday, driving people indoors at midday, spoiling crops, triggering drinking water restrictions, turning public libraries into cooling “climate shelters” and complicating the already difficult challenge firefighters …

3 Arrested in Italy Cable Car Crash; Clamp Deactivated Brake

ROME (AP) — Police arrested three people Wednesday in the cable car disaster that killed 14 people in northern Italy, saying an investigation showed a clamp, intentionally placed on the brake as a patchwork repair, prevented the brake from engaging …

Italy Probes Cable Car Crash as Lone Child Survivor Recovers

STRESA, Italy (AP) — Italy’s transport minister vowed Monday to establish the cause of a cable car disaster that killed 14 people, after the lead cable apparently snapped and the cabin careened back down the mountain until it came off …

Italian Cable Car Plunges to the Ground, Killing at Least 12

ROME (AP) — A cable car taking visitors to a mountaintop view of some of northern Italy’s most picturesque lakes plunged to the ground Sunday, killing at least 12 people and sending two children to the hospital, authorities said. Rescue …

High Tide Floods Venice as Dike-On-Demand Wasn’t Activated

High tides flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Tuesday, propelled by winds that were stronger than predicted, and an experimental system of inflatable barriers wasn’t activated to prevent water from invading the lagoon city. The system, while still in …

Floods in France, Italy Swept Bodies Out of Cemeteries

BREIL-SUR-ROYA, France — The grim job of searching for flood victims in Alpine villages and on the nearby French and Italian coasts has grown even more gruesome: Along with storm casualties, authorities say corpses from cemeteries have also been found …

Flood-Weary Venice Puts ‘Moses’ Inflatable Barriers to Test

ROME — Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides. Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday at a ceremony in Venice pressed a …

Wall in Pompeii Collapses After Heavy Rain

Top Italian culture officials are calling for swift action to save Pompeii, the ancient Roman city encased in volcanic ash, from further ruin after heavy rains reportedly caused part of a wall to collapse. Giancarlo Galan, the head of a …

7 Killed in Chinese-Run Factory in Italy

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory’s roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said …